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Special Issue "Developing the World in 2021 with Clean and Safe Energy"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "C2: Clean Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022 | Viewed by 2131

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nídia Caetano
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Prof. Dr. Zita Vale
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GECAD-Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development, Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), P-4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: artificial intelligence; demand response; electric vehicles; electricity markets; power and energy systems; renewable and sustainable energy; smart grids
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Prof. Dr. Carlos Felgueiras
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Center for Innovation in Engineering and Industrial Technology (CIETI) and School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4249-015 Porto, Portugal
Interests: energy quality; energy and buildings; energy and environmental indicators; renewable energy systems; sustainable energy systems; engineering education
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Prof. Dr. Coriolano Salvini
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Department of Engineering, University of Roma Tre, Via della Vasca Navale, 79, 00146 Rome, Italy
Interests: renewable energy technologies; engineering thermodynamics; thermal engineering; power generation
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Prof. Dr. Ambra Giovannelli
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Department of Engineering, University of Roma Tre, Via della Vasca Navale, 79, 00146 Rome, Italy
Interests: turbomachinery for unconventional fluids; power production from renewable energy; supercritical CO2 power plants; organic rankine cycle (ORC) plants; high-temperature solar receivers; medium- and high-temperature thermal storage systems; compressed air storage systems (CAES); thermochemical hydrogen production
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The world’s huge population growth and fast development are putting sustainability issues on the agenda. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated how energy is being used, as well as how dependent on energy we are to work, travel, educate ourselves, or in our daily activities. The ever-growing energy consumption is still mostly relying on fossil fuels, with dramatic impacts on the environment, causing soil, air, and water contamination, that in turn negatively impact on population health and development. To mitigate this situation and try to alleviate the stress on development posed by the uneven distribution of fuel resources, it is mandatory that nations shift away from relying on fossil fuels toward more environmentally sustainable energy sources.

The world can only continue to develop sustainably if the effects of fossil fuel extraction, transportation, and combustion are stopped, which can only occur if energy is used more efficiently and produced from renewable sources, produced locally, and made available where needed, using adequate energy distribution networks and storage energy systems. Moreover, empowering energy end users, namely in the scope of citizen energy communities and using effective demand response schemes, is also relevant to ensure sustainable development.

This Special Issue welcomes original and innovative contributions addressing the challenges of renewable and sustainable energy, from the points of view of production, distribution, and use and how to guarantee its availability, affordability, and its efficient use. Topics include, but are not limited to, blue hydrogen; business models for energy production, distribution, and supply; carbon and water footprint of energy systems; efficient energy usage; energy communities; energy decarbonization; energy-efficient buildings; energy management; energy markets; energy policy; energy storage; green hydrogen; integration of electric vehicles; LCA of energy systems; renewable energy; and smart energy systems.

Prof. Dr. Nídia Caetano
Prof. Dr. Zita Vale
Prof. Dr. Carlos Felgueiras
Prof. Dr. Coriolano Salvini
Prof. Dr. Ambra Giovannelli
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • blue hydrogen
  • business models for the energy sector
  • efficient energy usage
  • energy communities
  • energy decarbonization
  • energy-efficient buildings
  • energy management
  • energy markets
  • energy policy
  • energy storage
  • green hydrogen
  • integration of electric vehicles
  • LCA of energy systems
  • renewable energy
  • smart energy systems
  • carbon and water footprint of energy systems

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Life Cycle Assessment of Stationary Storage Systems within the Italian Electric Network
Energies 2021, 14(8), 2047; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082047 - 07 Apr 2021
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The introduction of stationary storage systems into the Italian electric network is necessary to accommodate the increasing share of energy from non-programmable renewable sources and to reach progressive decarbonization targets. In this framework, a life cycle assessment is a suitable tool to assess [...] Read more.
The introduction of stationary storage systems into the Italian electric network is necessary to accommodate the increasing share of energy from non-programmable renewable sources and to reach progressive decarbonization targets. In this framework, a life cycle assessment is a suitable tool to assess environmental impacts during the entire life cycle of stationary storage systems, i.e., their sustainability. A Li-ion battery (lithium–iron–phosphate (LFP), nickel–manganese–cobalt (NMC) 532, and NMC 622) entire life cycle assessment (LCA) based on primary and literature data was performed. The LCA results showed that energy consumption (predominantly during cell production), battery design (particularly binder choice), inventory accuracy, and data quality are key aspects that can strongly affect results. Regarding the battery construction phase, LFP batteries showed better performance than the NMC ones, but when the end-of-life (EoL) stage was included, NMC cell performance became very close to those of LFPs. Sensitivity and uncertainty analyses, done using the Monte Carlo methodology, confirmed that the results (except for the freshwater eutrophication indicator) were characterized by a low dispersion and that the energy mix choice, during the different battery life phases, was able to greatly influence the overall impact. The use of primary and updated data related to battery cell production, like those used in the present paper, was necessary to obtain reliable results, and the application to a European production line is an item of novelty of this paper. Full article
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